When most people think of ornamental plants they imagine beautiful and fragrant ways to decorate a space, celebrate a holiday, or brighten up someone’s day. Very few consumers think of the challenges associated with growing and moving flowers and plants between the growing facility and the retailer. Ornamental plant growers across North America take significant efforts to ensure that these plants for planting do not pose a biosecurity threat.
Attended by nearly 80,000 people, Fruit Logistica Berlin is the world’s largest fresh produce trade show. A relatively new entry, Canada in its current form has a country pavilion now in its third consecutive year. Find out more about the key stakeholders taking part in Berlin in February.
Nearly 60 percent of food produced in Canada – amounting to 35.5 million metric tonnes – is lost and wasted annually. Of that, 32 percent – equalling 11.2 million metric tonnes of lost food – is avoidable and is edible food that could be redirected to support people in our communities. The total financial value of this potentially rescuable lost and wasted food is a staggering $49.46 billion.
The Ontario greenhouse vegetable sector has a new online resource.
The 2019 National Floriculture Forum is scheduled from February 16-17 in Chicago, IL. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Adding Value: Back to our Roots.”
LED lighting solutions provider, Fluence Bioengineering, Inc. has announced urban-gro, Inc. of Lafayette, Colorado, as an authorized system integrator for Fluence LED lighting solutions in North and South America.

“Working with urban-gro will enable cultivators to easily integrate our solutions and benefit from the expertise, capabilities and guidance which their team brings to the controlled environment agriculture industry,” said David Cohen, CEO of Fluence Bioengineering.

Fluence launched an authorized reseller program, where each reseller is trained by and works closely with Fluence to ensure the company’s LED grow lights are properly integrated into a grower’s unique cultivation environment.

Urban-gro’s ag tech division, Soleil Technologies, integrates and uses wireless networks and environmental control systems to manage the indoor microclimate.
Engage Agro Corporation has officially become Belchim Crop Protection Canada.
Moleaer Inc., manufacturer of industrial-scale nanobubble generators, announces the addition of Michiel de Jong as director of business development of Europe & horticulture.
WeedMD Inc announced it has added six additional grow rooms to its greenhouse in Strathroy, Ontario, boosting its production capacity to 110,000 square foot.
Ronald Valentin has been named director of technical business at BioWorks.
Residents in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick no longer need to avoid eating romaine lettuce and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce, says the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
Removal of natural vegetation, light pollution and noisy trucks are factors brought up during a Kingsville Council meeting by Michael Burns, spokesperson for Kingsville Property Owners, a Facebook group started by Chris O'Neil.
The new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) are coming into force starting January 15, 2019, and some businesses will need licences for the regulations’ debut.
Pure Sunfarms received their fifth amendment today from Health Canada to their cultivation license.
The Ontario government has announced a change to the delivery of $8 million in existing funding to the Ontario greenhouse sector.
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